Today is a big day! Inauguration speaks to the beginning of new leadership and new changes. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, is becoming our nation’s forty-sixth President this afternoon, and this shift comes right at a time where many need to see change most. In celebration of the Presidential baton changing hands, here is a list of seven books by, about and including our nation’s next President.
1. Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose by Joe Biden
“This is a book written not just by the president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future.”
2. Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics by Joe Biden
“Promises to Keep is an intimate series of reflections from a public servant who surmounted numerous challenges to become one of our most effective leaders and who refuses to be cynical about politics. It is also a stirring testament to the promise of the United States.”
3. Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
“Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.”
4. What it Takes: The way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer
“What it Takes is unvarnished; it really shows you the intertwining politics and personalities of the participants in a campaign which had open, competitive primary races on both sides. The book portrays three Democrats and three Republicans. It’s a fascinating read.” – Five Books
5. Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden
“Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of a woman at its center.”
6. Joe Biden: The Life , the Run, and What Matters Now by evan osnos
“This portrayal illuminates Biden’s long and eventful career in the Senate, his eight years as Obama’s vice president, his sojourn in the political wilderness after being passed over for Hillary Clinton in 2016, his decision to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, and his choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Osnos ponders the difficulties Biden faces as his presidency begins and weighs how a changing country, a deep well of experiences, and a rigorous approach to the issues, have altered his positions. In this nuanced portrait, Biden emerges as flawed, yet resolute, and tempered by the flame of tragedy—a man who just may be uncannily suited for his moment in history.”
7. Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership by Steven E. Levingston
“As many Americans turn a nostalgic eye toward the Obama presidency, Barack and Joe offers a new look at this administration, its absence of scandal, dedication to truth, and respect for the media. This is the first book to tell the full story of this historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.”
Celebrate today’s inauguration with this curation of Biden books!
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